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How To Setup a Wordpress Shopping Cart In 25 Minutes

Updated on December 7, 2010

How To Setup An E-Commerce Store With WordPress

No joke, it really is possible to create a real shopping cart within Wordpress a half an hour! The really cool thing too is that you can integrate your product and buy button directly within you WordPress post. This way you won’t have to maintain a separate store. Everything is managed directly through your post.

To make this all possible I suggest having a look at FoxyCart, a popular shopping cart that will work with any CMS out there. It is also free to try out and will do test transactions while you're setting up your online storefront. Once you activate and go live, it is just $19 a month. There is no limit to the amount of products you can have with this store setup and I have found the tech support is excellent though the Foxycart forum.

Payment Gateways In FoxyCart
Payment Gateways In FoxyCart

Set Up A Merchant Account or use Paypal

You'll also need either a real merchant account or a Paypal account to accept transactions. Fortunately Foxycart accepts many different payment gateways.

Another cool feature in Foxycart I should mention is the ability to do a subscription transaction so they you could bill monthly for some type of service for example.

Let's Begin The Modification!

After a free account activation, you'll recieve a store name with a code snippet. You'll see this after login into the backend. It is listed under Store > Sample Code.

Next you will want to make a backup of your theme before we begin to edit a few files using very basic HTML snippets. You can cut and paste the sample code to help speed things up a bit.

The first part of the shopping cart setup is to edit your header.php file and inserting the following code in your header.php template.

<?php if (is_page_template('your_template_page_name_here.php')) { ?>
the sample code provided from foxycart goes here!
<?php } ?>

Insert code snippet on a custom template

Next we'll want to create a new custom product template (with the same name in the code snippet above). A good way to quickly create a custom template is to copy your existing page.php template and give it a new name like product.php. Then paste the following code shown below somewhere in the layout - typically you'll want to place this below the Wordpress Loop.

<form class="foxycart" action="" method="post" accept-charset="utf-8">
	<input type="hidden" name="name" value="<?php the_title(); ?>" />
	<input type="hidden" name="price" value="<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, 'price', true); ?>" />
	<input type="submit" name="Add a Cool Example" value="Add a Cool Example" class="submit" />

Now look at the line:

<input type="hidden" name="name" value="<?php the_title(); ?>" />

This is telling Foxycart to name the product the same name as the posts name. If you wanted you could also use a custom field here as well. Now have a look at this line:

<input type="hidden" name="price" value="<?php echo get_post_meta($post->ID, 'price', true); ?>" />

This code above instructs Wordpress to look for a custom filed called price within your post and insert the value.

You’re done! Lets test it out using these steps:

  • Create a new Wordpress Post
  • Enter the title of the post (this will be the product name for the cart)
  • Enter a short description of the product in the content box
  • Choose the Template from the Page Template Drop Down
  • Add a Custom Field called Price in the Custom Fields section
  • Publish it

Hopefully I explained the store setup with enough details to get you started. If you have any questions or comments, please post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them.


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      Erik Zetterberg 7 years ago

      Thanks for your comments and added link. Foxycart works for an existing blog or site without changing the existing theme. It appears your suggestion may require a complete redo of both look and feel plus content shuffling. The advantage of the setup I defined above is that it can implemented quickly and without any drastic site changes.

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      Market Theme 7 years ago

      Another option for setting up your own website store is by using the Market Theme for Wordpress.

      Market is a premium template for Wordpress that has a shopping cart system built right in. Very easy to setup and use. It connects with Paypal for easy payment processing.

      No programming required.

      Try out the free online demo at the website: